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social care

17 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to 内閣総理大臣 安倍晋三, 厚生労働大臣 塩崎恭久, 加藤勝信

Please review the use of physical restraints in Japanese psychiatric treatment

 In May 2017, my son Kelly Savage, who worked as an English teacher in Japan, died after being found in cardiopulmonary arrest while he was tied to his bed with physical restraints in a psychiatric hospital in Kanagawa prefecture. The cardiopulmonary arrest was completely unexpected, and occurred after he had been  tied to his bed  on the psychiatric ward for 10 days. We asked the psychiatric hospital to investigate the cause of his death and to review their policy on the use of physical restraints, but they refused to do so. From the first time that a Japanese high school student came to our house on an exchange programme, Kelly loved Japan.  He loved watching Japanese movies such as Totoro and became fascinated by Japanese culture.   He studied Japanese through high school and university and qualified to be an English teacher in Japan.  He taught English to Japanese children in elementary and junior high schools in Kagoshima for about two years.  The students and other teachers loved his fun-loving, friendly personality. Unfortunately, he became depressed and entered a Japanese hospital in April. But less than two weeks later, he was discovered in cardiopulmonary arrest. It seems that he was tied to his bed with leg, waist and wrist restraints almost the entire time he was in the hospital. Compared to other countries, Japanese psychiatric hospitals keep patients in restraints for a much longer time. According to a survey conducted on 689 patients in 11 psychiatric hospitals, the average time spent in physical restraint is 96 days[1].  Meanwhile, the average time in foreign countries is at most several hours to tens of hours. Although it is thought that there are not many people in Japanese psychiatric hospitals, in fact, the number of people who are physically restrained in Japanese psychiatric hospitals continues to increase. In 2014 more than 10,000 people were restrained-the highest ever recorded, and more than double the number a decade earlier [2]. It is well known that long-term restraints can cause grave physical, as well as psychological, harm to patients. It may cause deep vein thrombosis, also known as economy-class syndrome, which can be fatal[3,4]. In order to give proper treatment for hospitalized patients, the use of physical restraints in psychiatric medical treatment must be reduced. Together with Toshio Hasegawa, Professor of Health Faculty at Kyorin University, we have set up a group to try to appeal to the country to reduce the use of physical restraints in psychiatric treatment[5]. According to Professor Hasegawa, experiences similar to Kelly’s occur to many Japanese people as well [1]. At the very least, we hope that Kelly’s experience will not be repeated.  Kelly, who was fascinated by Japan and loved Japanese culture, would want Japanese psychiatry to improve.  We hope that this incident will lead to improved psychiatric care in Japan. We appreciate your continued support so that this request can be delivered to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Thank you. Martha Savage [Our request] To prohibit the use of body restraints for a long period of time (24 hours or longer) in psychiatric hospitals. To quickly investigate whether there are human rights violations caused by physical restraint in psychiatric hospitals. In order to prevent human rights violations and deaths from occurring in psychiatric medical care, require a visual record, such as a video recording, whenever physical restraints are used.  Allow access to those recordings for patients or next of kin within 14 days to determine the actual conditions employed. The government should demonstrate leadership by setting targets with specified dates by which both the number of people in physical restraints and the time period of restraints are reduced. To provide medical information to patients and bereaved families, require hospitals to disclose information based on "guidelines for providing medical information" by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. We ask for your continued support so that people receiving psychiatric treatment in Japan will receive proper medical care, will not be restrained more than necessary and will not lose their lives. References:[1]長谷川利夫. (2016). 精神科医療における隔離・ 身体拘束実態調査 ~その急増の背景要因を探り縮減への道筋を考える~. 病院・地域精神医学, 59(1), 18–21.[2] https://yomidr.yomiuri.co.jp/article/20170201-OYTET50013/[3] Dickson BC, Pollanen MS: Fatal thromboembolic disease: A risk in physically restrained psychiatric patients. J Forensic Leg Med 2009; 16:284–286.[4] https://www.e-rapport.jp/team/action/sample/sample07/01.html[5] 【ホームページ 精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会】  https://www.norestraint.org 日本語版ページはこちら:https://goo.gl/CVtrTF Our homepage: https://www.norestraint.org English newspaper article: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/18/national/family-blames-prolonged-use-restraints-kanagawa-hospital-english-teachers-death/#.W9OrpWgzZPY  

Alliance against physical restraint in psychiatric care (精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会)
11,627 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson

End the social care crisis so no-one has to sell their home to pay for dementia care

My 92-year-old father, Fred, has been forced to move out of his home due to his dementia care. He’d lived in his home for the past 45 years and it was heartbreaking to see him leave it. In 2016, my father was diagnosed with vascular dementia. By 2018, his condition had deteriorated significantly so he had to move into a care home. My dad is a World War II veteran who later served in the police force. He was a prudent saver, but his police and state pension was not enough to cover the huge £1,200 per week fees. Selling our family home, the beloved thatched cottage that he renovated back in 1974 was heart-breaking. But, the lack of financial support from the Government meant it had to be done. It’s cost us £120,000 in just two years. Our dad isn’t the only one forced to move out of his home because of the lack of support from the Government for social care. Thousands of families are suffering from pain and distress, many of whom are being highlighted by the Daily Mail’s social care campaign. That’s why I’m campaigning along with the Daily Mail for the new Prime Minister to tackle the social care funding crisis. This needs to be at the top of their agenda. We want the new Prime Minister to urgently come up with a long-term solution to the care crisis and declare that this issue will be a priority for the Government. This means starting an NHS ‘dementia fund’ and considering a wide range of funding options, such as tax breaks for social care spending or an innovative care insurance scheme.  My father fought for his country. He spent his life in public service. No-one should be forced to sell their home to pay for their dementia care costs.  Please join me in calling on the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to address this urgently. My father and hundreds of thousands of others deserve better.

Sharon Muranyi
363,035 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Merton Borough Council, Matt Hancock

Help me get the social care I need to live

My name is Nikkita Otu. I’m 29 years old and have a 9 year old son, yet I’m completely dependent on my dad. I have severe epilepsy, and sometimes I have as many as 30 seizures a day. This means it’s not safe for me to do day-to-day things alone, such as cooking, showering or going to the shops. My elderly dad puts his life on hold to look after me - but the truth is I am in urgent need of proper social care.My father is not going to be able to look after me forever - and it isn’t fair on him. My condition is unpredictable, and my seizures can often be life threatening - especially if I’m alone. There have been times when my dad has found me having a seizure and choking, and he’s had to clear my throat to save my life.My local authority - The London Borough of Merton – assessed me for social care and offered me a carer for just five minutes, three times a day. For an unpredictable condition such as epilepsy, this puts my life at risk. Instead, they have given me the alternative of going into a care home and my son being put into foster care. Clearly, this is never going to be a realistic option; I can’t give up my son.I need a carer who could be with me for a large part of the day or night, in order to give my dad reassurance that I am being cared for, and a break from being my carer. I would like a carer I canbuild a relationship with. I am only 29, I just want to live my life. And this is not just about me. A recent survey of over 10,000 people with neurological conditions such as epilepsy, MS and Parkinson’s found that 45% of respondents receive care from an unpaid carer such as a friend or family member*. I’m calling on the London Borough of Merton to meet my social care needs. But I am also calling all political parties to commit to invest properly into adult social care, which faces a £3.6 billon funding gap by 2025 just to stand still**. Millions of people like me are dependent on overstretched, unpaid carers - with serious knock on effects on us and them. New reforms need to be implemented urgently and must ensure that care is free at the point of use for disabled adults, as well as for older people, as set out by the Care and Support Alliance. Please sign my petition so that I and others like me can get the social care we need for a dignifiedlife. * Data from the National Neurology Patient Experience Survey 2019, The Neurological Alliance.** Data from The Care and Support Alliance

Nikkita Otu
1,277 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to brent council

Would you like to see Rumi's Cave continue?

Objections to Planning Application ref number: 19/2378 Help save our current community centre, art and events venue in South Kilburn from being closed down and turned into flats. Rumi's Cave have been based in South Kilburn for the past decade and have supported the needs of many vulnerable and socially isolated people. Even though our programmes will continue our new centre has been paramount to the works and expansion of what we have been doing. We host a diverse range of cultural and social programmes to connect hearts, minds and communities. It is vital that we save our building or are given an alternative building to continue all of the work we do. Just some of the projects we run from our Carlton Vale branch: - Food bank - Soup Kitchens and community lunches - Breakfast Clubs for school children and local residents  - Night Shelter for the homeless - Tea & Chat sessions for the elderly - IT support for the elderly  - Martial Arts and Yoga (Children & Adults) - Language Courses - Music Lessons - Knitting & Crochet club - Mental Health support groups - Open mic and poetry sessions - Free Community movie nights - Interfaith music nights - Herbal medicine Training - Alternative Medicine Treatments If you would like to see Rumi’s Cave on Carlton Vale continue with all of our services, then sign the petition and leave a testimonial on how you have benefited... Also, please object officially on the Brent Council website: http://bit.ly/SaveKilburnCG Application Number: 19/2378

Rumi's Cave
2,211 supporters